Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, car and truck rental company Avis Budget Group (NYSE:CAR) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Avis' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Avis facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Parsippany, N.J. (1946)

Market Cap

$1.2 billion


Rental and leasing services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.2 billion


CEO Ronald Nelson (since 2006)
CFO David Wyshner (since 2006)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Cash / Debt

$470 million / $6.4 billion

1-Year Return



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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 43% of the 396 members who have rated Avis believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include wisesilverwolf and JackCaps.

Late last year, wisesilverwolf noted that stock was zooming at dangerously high speeds: "Stock price has gone bananas but they are still making a loss every year, and will continue to do so until they go pop."

In a pitch from last month, JackCaps also urged Fools to steer clear:

2007 and 2008 each had negative earnings of about $1B. 2009 is looking to be more like the prior two years.

[Avis'] recent stock price has been buoyed by the recent market run up and by being part of the transportation sector which often leads other sectors in a recovery. But for the long run, a stock's price is supported by the company's financial strength.

This CAR is a financial clunker.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.